June 6, 2019

The short story “The Flower of Shazui” by Chen Qiufan was published for the first time in 2012.

Shazui used to be a fishing village until the profound changes in China pushed urbanization with the consequence that many new buildings are under construction all the time there and in other nearby villages. The use of ultra-modern technologies is spreading as well in the area around Shenzhen Bay and a man who is hiding can hide within the growing population of migrants who come to Shazui.

In “The Flower of Shazui”, Chen Qiufan takes us to the China of which he speaks very often in his works, the one of great transformations. In the specific case in a region between Shenzhen Bay and Hong Kong, where China’s economic reforms and openings led to the transformation of fishing villages into cities where new buildings are built all the time, with a number of problems and profound changes.